Sports Blog

Sports Blog: Softball power rankings

As every other sport starts its playoffs in the next week (or has already started), softball’s regular season is still roaring strong. May 19 and May 21 are the starting days for the district playoffs. With about three weeks to go, here’s some rankings:

1. Lynden (15-1, 9-0 NWC) -- Can’t go wrong with 15 straight wins. The impressive part is that the Lions have only allowed 11 runs in the past 13 games since a 14-13 win over Sehome. Last: 1

2. Ferndale (15-1, 8-1) -- Only one blemish remains on Ferndale’s schedule — a 2-0 loss to Lynden. That could be considered an aberration given that the Golden Eagles average 11.4 runs per game and have been held under five runs just four times in 16 games. What I’m trying to say is this team can absolutely smash the ball. Last: 2

3. Sehome (12-4, 8-1) -- The final two weeks of the season will determine what the Mariners are made of. Two games against Ferndale and a contest with Anacortes lie on the slate. All three of those matchups are on the road. Last: 4

4. Anacortes (12-4, 7-1) -- The Seahawks are the only team left that can steal the conference title from Lynden. That matchup comes Friday and it should be a great one. Smart bet is on Lynden but the Seahawks have scored 35 runs in the past two games and confidence at the plate will be big against the Lions. Last: 3

5. Mount Baker (11-5, 5-4) -- It was obvious after talking with coach Ron Lepper after the Mountaineers loss to Ferndale that he was excited about his team. Nooksack Valley, Squalicum and Meridian are the only teams left on the schedule so Baker should be able to build some confidence going into the postseason. Remember what happened last season when Baker went into the postseason with some positive results? Hint: It resulted in a state title game appearance. Last: 5

6. Bellingham (10-6, 4-5) -- Playoffs weren’t even in the thoughts of the Red Raiders at the start of this season. Even last week it seemed Bellingham was probably going to fall short. Needing to make up ground on Sedro-Woolley and Burlington-Edison, though, the Red Raiders won two extra-inning games over the Cubs and Tigers. Talk about determination. Now, the Red Raiders hold the final playoff spot. Last: 9

7. Burlington-Edison (9-8, 5-5) -- The Tigers like close games evidently — the past seven games have been within three runs. The Tigers only won three of those. That’s a lot of tough luck. With Ferndale and Sedro-Woolley left on the conference slate, things aren’t getting easier. Last: 8

8. Nooksack Valley (12-5, 4-5) -- Take away that alumni game and the Pioneers have lost their last four. That was after an 11-1 start to the season. Mount Baker, Anacortes and Lynden Christian make the road leading to the playoffs awfully rough for Nooksack Valley. Last: 7

9. Sedro-Woolley (5-9, 4-5) -- The Cubs had their destiny in hand, but three straight losses puts this team on the outside looking in right now. Lynden Christian, Lynden and Burlington-Edison are the three teams left for the Cubs to face. The Cubs will need to win two of those and hope for help or win all three to make the playoffs most likely and those aren’t easy teams to play. Last: 6

10. Blaine (4-12, 2-7) -- Seven losses in a row have come the Borderites way now. Sehome and Ferndale are still left on the schedule so the Borderites will likely fail to make the playoffs. Being at the 1A level probably sounds nice now. Last: 10

11. Lynden Christian (5-8, 2-7) -- Beat the teams you’re supposed to beat and lose to the teams you’re supposed to lose to has been the theme of the Lyncs season. The Lyncs are clearly better than the two teams below them, but not quite up there with the rest of the conference. All five games left, though, are certainly winnable and that would give the Lyncs a big boost going into the playoffs. Last: 11

12. Meridian (2-13, 1-8) -- After 12 losses in a row, the Trojans finally got their win — an 18-8 conference victory over Squalicum. That is a great rebound after falling to Squalicum 9-7 earlier in the year. Last: 13

13. Squalicum (2-15, 0-10) -- It’s now eight losses in a row for the Storm. The final three games are against Mount Baker (twice) and Lynden. That doesn’t sound like a nice sending off present for what’s been another rough season. Last: 12